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Posted: November 30, 2020

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, November 23 through November 29, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 58 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files to which our officers responded.

Impaired driver removed from Westside Road

On Monday, November 23 at about 9:15 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a grey truck failing to maintain its lane and hitting reflective pylons on the side of the road on Westside Road south of Invermere. An officer attended the area and located a grey Dodge Ram pulled off to the side of the road. The driver was asleep in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition. While speaking to the driver, the officer could smell an odour of liquor coming from the driver’s breath. The driver complied with a roadside breath demand and blew a “fail.” The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

Man arrested for breaching probation

On Monday, November 23 at 11:20 p.m., police received a report of a male attending an individual’s residence contrary to a court ordered no contact condition. Officers attended and arrested the male for breaching his probation. The male was held in cells and brought before a judge.

12-hour driving suspension issued in Canal Flats

On Tuesday, November 24 at about 9:40 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a Ford F250 in Canal Flats to speak to the driver about a heavily damaged windshield. While speaking to the driver, the officer could smell an odour of liquor coming from the driver. The driver confirmed he had recently consumed some alcohol. The driver complied with a roadside breath demand, which confirmed the driver had alcohol in his body. As the driver had restrictions on his driver’s license to not have any alcohol in his body while driving, he was issued a 12-hour driving suspension and given a warning to have his windshield replaced.

Single vehicle crash in Kootenay National Park

On Wednesday, November 25 at 7:30 a.m., police responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park. The driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe failed to negotiate a curve in the highway and went into the ditch. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was not seriously injured.

No insurance, no driver’s license and wrong plate sees vehicle impounded for seven days

On Thursday, November 2 at about 9 p.m., an officer was conducting patrols in Invermere when he observed a Chevrolet pickup with a license plate that did not match the truck. The officer conducted a traffic stop and discovered the front and back plates were different. The driver received violation tickets for no insurance, no driver’s license and wrong number plate. The vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Checkstops yield six charges

On Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28 East Kootenay Highway Patrol and Columbia Valley RCMP conducted several road checks in the Columbia Valley area. Over the course of two days, officers conducted one impaired by drug investigation, one prohibited driving investigation, issued one 24-hour driving prohibition and three three-day immediate roadside driving prohibitions for impaired driving.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander

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